Paraguay delays Millicom's DTH licence
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 18-08-2013
Juan Fernando Ruttia, a member of Paraguay's telecoms authority Conatel, has admitted to the country's media that the institution is holding up Millicom's Tigo direct-to-home (DTH) licence to operate in the country.
This is said to be due to the importance of the company in a small market such as Paraguay's, and the impact a satellite service would have among national competitors.
"There is a high level of pressure from different sectors, and it's not easy because Tigo owns a local sports channel," explained Ruttia.
Since Tigo applied for the DTH licence, several voices from the telecoms market have tried to stop the process. The main problem for the other operators is that Tigo already owns the national football championship rights, which would give the DTH platform a privileged position.
"Conatel's position has to be accepted," said Carlos Díaz, Tigo's manager. Paraguay's telecom authority added that there is no reason not to give the satellite licence to Tigo, but that some more time is needed.
Currently, only Claro and TuVes are using a DTH licence in Paraguay, but another eight have been given to different telcos. Tigo will probably have to wait until Conatel's upcoming president starts working for the public institution, as the current incumbent, Carlos Gómez, is to leave Conatel in a few weeks.